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Mikhail Golubev
M Golubev 
Number of games in database: 678
Years covered: 1979 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2476 (2438 rapid, 2435 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +274 -122 =212 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 70 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (123) 
    B90 B87 B77 B89 B30
 French Defense (38) 
    C19 C18 C11 C10 C00
 Sicilian Dragon (19) 
    B77 B78 B35 B76 B72
 French Winawer (18) 
    C19 C18 C16
 French (16) 
    C10 C11 C13 C00
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B98 B99 B96 B94
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (190) 
    E92 E97 E84 E67 E99
 Sicilian (130) 
    B77 B76 B22 B70 B78
 Sicilian Dragon (84) 
    B77 B76 B70 B78 B72
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 A46 A40 A41
 Reti System (6) 
 Modern Defense (5) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Golubev vs V Podinic, 2001 1-0
   V Bogdanovski vs M Golubev, 1991 0-1
   M Golubev vs R Mantovani, 1992 1-0
   M Golubev vs A Kovchan, 2006 1-0
   D Gurevich vs M Golubev, 1992 0-1
   M Golubev vs Korchnoi, 2006 1-0
   M Golubev vs E Grabowski, 2004 1-0
   S Bogdanovich vs M Golubev, 2010 0-1
   M Golubev vs G Sagalchik, 1983 1-0
   D Bunzmann vs M Golubev, 2002 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2008)
   Efim Geller Memorial (2005)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Mikhail Golubev's best games by MikhailGolubev
   Mikhail Golubev's favourite games by daveyjones01
   My 10 selected King's Indian games by AdolfoAugusto
   My 10 selected King's Indian games by MikhailGolubev

   🏆 Lviv Rapid Cup
   M Golubev vs Y Vovk (May-08-17) 0-1, rapid
   Vladislav Bakhmatsky vs M Golubev (May-08-17) 0-1, rapid
   M Golubev vs V Matviishen (May-08-17) 0-1, rapid
   M Golubev vs Vitaly Krulik (Jan-05-17) 1-0, rapid
   N Legky vs M Golubev (Jan-05-17) 0-1, rapid

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(born May-30-1970, 47 years old) Ukraine

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Grandmaster (1996), author and journalist from Odessa, Ukraine.


Golubev was the silver medalist at the Ukrainian U17 Championship in 1984 and shared 7th-10th places in the USSR U18 Championship in 1985. He played on the Ukrainian U18 team in 1988 and was Ukrainian champion in 1996. He won the inaugural Neckar Open in 1997.

In total he was clear or equal first in 16 international tournaments with classical time controls (1992-2006).


His books include <Easy Guide to the Dragon>, <The Sicilian Sozin>; and <Understanding the King's Indian>.


He has been active as chess journalist since 1998 and was editor of the website Ukrainian Chess Online from 1998 till 2003.

Rating and ranking:

Highest ELO rating achieved: 2570 in January 1995. Highest position in the world rankings: 109th-119th in January 1994. Highest position among Ukrainians: 8th in January 1994.

Chess official:

Golubev was a member of the Board of the Association of Chess Professionals from October 2006 until February 2007.


Chessgames userid: User: MikhailGolubev; homepage:; Wikipedia article: Mikhail Golubev

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 678  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Bendersky vs M Golubev  1-0461979Odessa (local competitions)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. M Golubev vs S Obukhov  ½-½381979Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. M Golubev vs M Fiodorov  ½-½231980Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. Karavaev vs M Golubev  0-1181980Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. Y Korsunsky vs M Golubev  0-1291981Smela jr ttB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. A Brodsky vs M Golubev  ½-½701981Odessa (local competitions)B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. V Melnik vs M Golubev  ½-½281981Odessa Ch sfB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. M Golubev vs Usenko  ½-½261981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. N Gashibayazov vs M Golubev  1-0321981Odessa Ch sfB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
10. Didkovsky vs M Golubev  1-0271981Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Zhigailo vs M Golubev  0-1301981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. M Golubev vs A Rakhmangulov  0-1351981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opB06 Robatsch
13. Y Tarapatin vs M Golubev  ½-½231981Odessa (local competitions)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. Stasiuk vs M Golubev  1-0481981Yalta jrB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
15. M Golubev vs Meduschevsky  1-0341981Odessa (local competitions)B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. N Kovytev vs M Golubev  1-0541981Odessa, Ukrsovprof opA48 King's Indian
17. M Golubev vs S Orlov  ½-½371982Odessa Ch jr /83B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
18. B Orlov vs M Golubev  ½-½221982Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. V Bichnevich vs M Golubev  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr /83A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
20. M Golubev vs D Minond  1-0361982Odessa Ch jr /83C51 Evans Gambit
21. V Chayka vs M Golubev 1-0351982Corr.B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. G Kuzmin vs M Golubev  1-0481982Orlyonok, Kuzmin SimulB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. G Bergart vs M Golubev  0-1471982Odessa Ch jr /83A45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. M Golubev vs Melnikov  1-0241982Odessa Ch jr /83C51 Evans Gambit
25. O Lozovatyi vs M Golubev  0-1171982Odessa Ch jr /83B53 Sicilian
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  MikhailGolubev: <tpstar> The book was published in June, I am still quite happy with this project. Thank you!
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  MissScarlett: <He is considered one of the greatest French authors of the 20th century, but Marcel Proust also employed his literary skills to write glowing newspaper reviews of his own work.

The novelist secretly paid for them to be published in Le Figaro and other newspapers, newly discovered letters reveal. He wrote the reviews in longhand and had them typed by his publisher “so there is no trace of my handwriting” to connect him with “the money that will change hands”.

The letters to his editor, Louis Brun, demonstrate a flair for publicity that would have been the envy of many a modern advertising executive.

Unconstrained by modesty, Proust described Swann’s Way as a “little masterpiece” which “like a gust of wind blows away the soporific vapours” of other contemporary writing.>

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  MikhailGolubev: Marcel Proust is a serious argument indeed!) Strangely enough, I am not paying for reviews. And read them with interest as a result. They can be more positive, truth to be told.
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  MissScarlett: I don't make the rules, well, guidelines, I just enforce them. Infringe again and you'll be reported to the proper authority. Don't think your title will count for anything; this site's got thousands of GMs.
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  MikhailGolubev: <MissScarlett> Well, I just already reported your behaviour, which I am considering to be offensive. Not just a trolling even. Hope, you will be punished accordingly.
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  moronovich: <MissScarlett: I don't make the rules, well, guidelines, I just enforce them. Infringe again and you'll be reported to the proper authority. Don't think your title will count for anything; this site's got thousands of GMs.>

You are really rude <Miss Scarlett>.

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  Magpye: <MissScarlett> <this site's got thousands of GMs>

Very few GMs post on this site because people like <MissScarlett> harass them.

Oct-02-17  Sally Simpson: Don't worry about it Mikhail, Miss S. is actually a very valuable contributor to the site but when it comes to certain rules she can be a bit of a 'jobsworth' (a stickler, refusing to bend, a Victorian School Teach type etc..etc..)

She getting you on rule 2

2.No spamming, advertising...

Here I see no harm at all because you are willing and seem to enjoy answering questions and it's certainly not spamming.

Rule 2 is for the fly by night posters. They join, post an advert for some obscure book or DVD and are gone.

And do please do not feel you have been singled out.

She insults everyone. Infact if you have not been insulted by Miss S. on here then you can never say you are member.

So welcome to the club!

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  Magpye: <Sally Simpson: Don't worry about it Mikhail, Miss S. is actually a very valuable contributor to the site but when it comes to certain rules she can be a bit of a 'jobsworth' (a stickler, refusing to bend, a Victorian School Teach type etc..etc..)>

Her contributions don't entitle her to anything special.

Best for her to shut up and quit harassing this man. Harassment does violate rule #3. No personal attacks against other members.

GM, send an e-mail to the Admins for control of your page. If anyone comes harassing you like Missy does, then you can place her on Ignore and she cannot post on your page.

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  perfidious: The <Divine MissS> is not to be taken seriously--I have long since sent him to iggydumb--the overt racism and other forms of hatred outweigh the undoubted contributions in my mind.
Oct-02-17  Sally Simpson: Hi Magpye and Perfidious

Just shrug your shoulders, we are not going to get anywhere on here with a thin skin.

And what happens if she gets banned.

We have a lost a tireless researcher who is pretty meticulous in her work. (and will not stand sloppiness.)

OK she gripes. My wife is worse and I've been married to her for 40 years.

But deep down inside she cares.

Not about chess history, but us.

She looks upon us all as her children and if one of is naughty then we get scolded.

We are her flock.

(it's either that or she does like Opening Books.)

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  zanzibar: <<moronovich> You are really rude <Miss Scarlett>.>

She's trademarked the such, ya know.

SallyS offers sound advice on the matter.

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  MikhailGolubev: The book 'Training with Moska: Practical Chess Exercises - Tactics, Strategy, Endgames' by GM Moskalenko has some examples from my games. Immortality!)
Oct-15-17  Retireborn: Don't worry Mikhail, you are already immortalized by Kasimdzhanov's queen sacrifice in 2002 :)
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  MikhailGolubev: In the book Chess Training for Candidate Masters (NiC 2017) A.Kalinin discussed our 1983 game M Golubev vs A Kalinin, 1983 on 4 pages. He wrongly states that I was a 1st category player then. I was a Candidate Master since 1981, until 1991 when became an IM.
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  zanzibar: < Immortality !) >

I guess <CG> wasn't quite enough... ha!

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  MikhailGolubev: Understanding the Sicilian - Criticism
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  MikhailGolubev: <Retireborn> Yes, Kasim game is also in the Moskalenko book, probably the only example there where I lost. Quite a nice combination. Well, after losing once to Gufeld, I do not really care about the immortality, he put the game in some five books or so I guess. :) Also, a loss to Korchnoi is in his 55 selected games with Black.
Oct-15-17  Retireborn: <Mikhail> Very sporting of you to let Kasimdzhanov play out that mate, I thought.
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  MikhailGolubev: <Retireborn> As a rule I am not playing till the mate in the lost positions, but, well, since the game developed in a normal way, i.e. no conflicts between players or something, why not to preserve a bit more chess beauty for the world? I like good combinations! :)
Oct-16-17  Retireborn: <Mikhail> I first saw the game in CHESS (Malcolm Pein's magazine) around 10 years ago. Can't remember now if it was you or Kasim who wrote the annotations, but they were very good, and are mostly preserved in my own database.
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  MikhailGolubev: <Retireborn> Kasimdzhanov annotated this game here and there, it must have been his notes in CHESS, I guess. I annotated this game as well, in my book Understanding the King's Indian (2006), in particular. Indeed, stronger engines can make some lines look different now. It was an interesting game, as Dr Robert Huebner told me and perhaps he is right. :)
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  MikhailGolubev: In my opinion, "GM" Iuri Shkuro should be disqualified. My open letter to the Ukrainian Chess Federation President, Viktor Kapustin (lang. Rus) FB: PDF: https://mikhailgolubev.files.wordpr... posted by CN:
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  morfishine: Miss Scarlett is a him, and long relegated to ignore wasteland, a fitting location


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  MikhailGolubev: Understanding The Sicilian - my comment on book review by Dennis Monokroussos: (at the bottom of the page)
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